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Useful Tropical Plants

Sageretia thea

(Osbeck) M.C.Johnst.

Rhamnaceae

+ Synonyms

Ampeloplis chinensis Raf.

Berchemia chanetii H.Lév.

Rhamnus thea Osbeck

Rhamnus theezans L.

Sageretia chanetii (H.Lév.) C.K.Schneid.

Sageretia laetevirens Gontsch.

Sageretia taiwaniana Hosok. ex Masam.

Sageretia theezans (L.) Brongn.

Common Name:

Sageretia thea
Cultivated plant in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Hong Kong
Photograph by: Daderot
Public domain
Sageretia thea Sageretia thea

General Information

Sageretia thea is a spiny, deciduous or partly evergreen shrub or small tree growing to about 3 metres tall[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
275
Title
Flora of Japan
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.foj.info
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora - an excellent resource.
].
The leaves are gathered from the wild for local use as a tea, and also have potential use in medicine. There are conflicting reports on the edibility of the fruits. The plant is occasionally cultivated for its leaves in India and southern China[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
275
Title
Flora of Japan
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.foj.info
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora - an excellent resource.

Range

Northeast Africa - Ethiopia, through the Arabian Peninsula, Turkey, Iran, Indian subcontinent, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines.

Habitat

Mountain forests, thickets, hills; at elevations below 2,100 metres in southern China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Found in the warm temperate to tropical zones, usually at higher elevations up to 2,100 metres.

Edible Uses

The leaves are used as a tea[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. They are often mixed with the leaves of Cleistocalyx operculatus[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Fruit - raw[
506
Title
Flora of British India.
Publication
 
Author
Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; London
Year
1872 - 1875
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but has some information on plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. A sweet flavour, it is extensively eaten[
506
Title
Flora of British India.
Publication
 
Author
Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; London
Year
1872 - 1875
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but has some information on plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].The fleshy fruit has a sour flavour[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. The black or purple-black fruit is subglobose to obovoid, about 5mm in diameter., with 1 - 3 hard seeds[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Medicinal

The leaves and stems contain various medicinally active compounds that have cytotoxic properties and are of potential use in the treatment of cancer[
1254
Title
Cytotoxicity and Pharmacogenomics of Medicinal Plants from Traditional Korean Medicine
Publication
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Volume 2013, Article ID 341724, 14 pages
Author
Kuete V.; Ean-Jeong Seo; Krusche B.; Oswald M.; Wiench B.; S
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/341724
Publisher
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The leaves and stems have also been shown to have antioxidant activity[
1254
Title
Cytotoxicity and Pharmacogenomics of Medicinal Plants from Traditional Korean Medicine
Publication
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Volume 2013, Article ID 341724, 14 pages
Author
Kuete V.; Ean-Jeong Seo; Krusche B.; Oswald M.; Wiench B.; S
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/341724
Publisher
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

The wood is very hard, white with irregular, dark-coloured heartwood[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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